My own take on this is why I got back into it again - vinyl is TANGIBLE, and it offers things that digital doesn't.
The fact remains that the most prevalent media for music currently is digital downloads - it's convenient as hell, and you don't even have to put your clothes on to buy music. But what it doesn't have is any emotional investment. There's no artwork, stories, bios, nothing. Humans are by nature ritualistic animals, meaning we like to do things for the sake of doing them, and many people find solace or comfort in that. I love the album covers, the sleeves, the accessories, the cleaning rituals, the organization of objects I hold in my hand. Picture disks, shaped disks, limited editions, original pressings, oh my. And you have to admit, it sounds really good. For the digital age, you have a device that plays mp3's and a credit card. May sound strange, but I love it when a record finishes the last track - I get to open the lid, remove the weight, flip the record, brush it clean, replace the weight, clean the stylus and drop the needle on the first track, then finally close the lid.
I love visiting new record shops and haunting the regular ones. You routinely browse music you weren't even looking for and see what's out there. Not so for digital - you so often only see what you're looking for. Sure, I still have my CD player, but to be honest, I haven't used it in months. Sometimes I don't want convenience or "perfection" of sound. I want something that's REAL. Did I get sucked into the CD/digital wave? Yes. And I have some regrets over it.
"But Spurtz, you can't take a record player with you!" That's right, it ain't portable.
Thank goodness for that.
*Rega Planar 2
*Grace 707 tonearm w/Grace F9 cartridge
*Soundsmith Nude RS-9U Blue Stylus
*Art DJ-Pre II Pre-amp
*KEF 105.2 speakers, teak finish